Facebook used as tool for drug trade

19:09, February 16, 2011      

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It is becoming more popular for drug syndicates, either international or local, to use social networking site Facebook to recruit Malaysians as drug mules.

Malaysian police made the statement in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, giving the example of the arrest of a 23-year-old Malaysian at the Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last month.

The man was said to have been paid about 7,000 ringgit (2,300 U. S. dollars) to smuggle a package containing black diamonds into Argentina.

The alleged illicit drug deal was conducted via Facebook, said the police.

So far, police have arrested five Malaysians said to be involved in illegal drug trade using Facebook.

"The Nigerians and Iranians recruited (the Malaysian) women, communicating with them using Facebook. Local and foreign syndicates were also found to be collaborating in drug smuggling.

"The young Iranians and Nigerians have switched their modus operandi from recruiting drug mules to working with the locals," said Noor Rashid Ibrahim from Malaysia's Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division.

Police are not discounting the possibility that Facebook was the main resource.

Facebook is popular also because drug syndicates could also easily get off the hook because they could be hard to be found.

Lucrative rewards were also said to be the main reason why many are easily recruited.

Source: Xinhua
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